Fruit has me so very confused. On social media, you’ll see a whole bunch of girls following the 80-10-10 diet one minute, and the very next I am reading numerous articles written by, you know, people who are qualified to comment exclaiming how incredibly unhealthy this particular diet is. My brain is constantly filled with contradicting information and it has me feeling like some kind of crazy fruit lady and all I wanted to do was sink my teeth into an apple.
So is fruit good for me? Bad for me? A little from column A, a little from column B? And where exactly does freshly squeezed juice come into all of this? Should I throw my new juicer out? Not that it overly matters anyway – it only cost me $40 (thank you Aldi sale).
Fruit is one of the most natural things you can eat. According to my year 5 project, fruit comes from plants, they’re
whole foods, humans have been eating them for a long time. On top of that they are jammed with key vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – all good stuff. So how can a so-called healthy food be bad for you? On the surface, fruit seems like the perfect food. From an early age you’re constantly told to “eat your fruit and vegetables”. The issue comes from the fact that fruit is composed of quite a bit of sugar, which we all know by now is, like, super bad for you – worse than, say, staying friends with your ex-boyfriend, but then dating your ex-boyfriend’s best friend. So, like, he becomes your current boyfriend. I’m, uh, not very good at analogies. Fruit is made up of three different types of sugars. It contains: fructose, which is not to be mixed up for Garnier fructis – so keep it out of your hair (that’s what she said), Glucose and Sucrose – which is a combination of Fructose and Glucose. If It were me, I would have named it fru-glu-cos-a-mine or something great like that.
But sugar from fruit is natural, so you should be able to eat as much as you want, right? Wrong! Gosh! That’s where so many people are going wrong! Just like added sugar is harmful to your system, so is too much sugar from fruit. Since fruit has a tonne of sugar (a proverbial tonne, not a literal, metric tonne), we have to be careful about our tendency to eat too much of it.
So, what are we really eating?
The things you love to drink
“It’s liquid fruit, and fruit is healthy therefore this cup of deliciousness is healthy”. Seems pretty legit, but when you take into consideration the above points, you’ll find you’re just drinking a glass of sugar really. Better sugar, but sugar nonetheless. If you’re not squeezing your own, chances are you are buying big bottles of juices which have “fresh fruit juice” displayed in 48pt type on the front. These ones are riddled with preservatives and extra sugar for flavor despite their healthy claims. So if you’re trying to start 2015 in a healthy way, steer clear of fruit juices from a bottle – these are as bad as having any soft drinks.
Same goes for freshly made juices at home – consume these in moderation.
Dried fruit snacks
The problem I have with any dried fruit is: I want to eat the whole packet, and it is so easy to do so. When I was in my teens I used to eat a whole packet of banana chips or dried apples in one sitting. My theory was “well, it’s fruit, how could that possibly be bad?”. In moderation, they’re a great snack, but eating an entire packet means over-consumption of sugar and a high calorie intake.
Smoothie bowls / smoothies et al
Loni Jane and Freelee The Banana Girl are great – I mean they promote healthy lifestyles, they speak freely about their diets and they showcase their taut bodies on IG and leave every follower wishing they were them, but where they fall flat for me is when they say they blend up anywhere between 20-50 bananas for a meal. I know I tend to exaggerate when it comes to numbers, measurements, timeframes, but this time I am not exaggerating. I don’t understand how they can eat that many bananas as well as other things in a day. Our recommended daily energy intake for the average woman’s diet is 1800 calories. 50 bananas alone at roughly 90 calories each is 4,500 calories, so unless they’re doing copious amounts of exercise, they should be putting on weight. I am highly skeptical of this diet and if I were you I would be practicing moderation here and not consume more than the recommended amounts of fruit.
The above diet leaves me with so many questions for the people who follow it:
1. Isn’t it dangerous due to the potassium in bananas?
2. Don’t you miss variety?
3. Don’t you just want to throw up all 50 bananas?
4. How do you afford so many bananas?
5. If you lived in Australia when there has been tropical cyclones in Queensland, did you cry when banana prices were like, $ 1 trillion?
The good news is that when you eat fruit in moderation, they can contribute to excellent overall health and well-being.
So what I can take from this all is, fruit is good for you, but you can still have too much of a good hing, don’t eat or drink too much fruit and grape flavoured Zappos aren’t, in fact, considered fruit, no matter how delicious they are.
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Are you a fruit lover? Do you follow the 80-10-10 diet? What are your thoughts on the above? I would love to hear your thought, you amazing people!